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Physics  2010 

Complementarity of Weak Lensing and Peculiar Velocity Measurements in Testing General Relativity

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.84.083523

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We explore the complementarity of weak lensing and galaxy peculiar velocity measurements to better constrain modifications to General Relativity. We find no evidence for deviations from GR on cosmological scales from a combination of peculiar velocity measurements (for Luminous Red Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey) with weak lensing measurements (from the CFHT Legacy Survey). We provide a Fisher error forecast for a Euclid-like space-based survey including both lensing and peculiar velocity measurements, and show that the expected constraints on modified gravity will be at least an order of magnitude better than with present data, i.e. we will obtain 5% errors on the modified gravity parametrization described here. We also present a model--independent method for constraining modified gravity parameters using tomographic peculiar velocity information, and apply this methodology to the present dataset.

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